Lipman Receives Environmental Award
Amy Lipman, BIDMC's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator received a Stephanie Davis Waste Reduction Award and Scholarship. Lipman received the award at the CleanMed annual conference in Baltimore for her work in setting goals for a number of programs, including water, hazardous chemicals, energy reduction, solid waste and fuel use for hospital-owned vehicles. She was acknowledged for expanding programs already in place, such as furniture redistribution, drink refills in reusable containers, and making progress in reducing blue wrap, plastic water bottles and solid waste. Her goals include reducing Styrofoam specimen containers, replacing disposables with re-washables, building a web-based carpooling program and developing a chemical pharmacy.
The award is given in the honor of Stephanie C. Davis, well-known waste reduction expert in the health care field who died of cancer in 2003. The award and CleanMed scholarship were established in memoriam by Davis's colleagues, friends and family to honor her passion and recognize and support those in healthcare organizations who struggle to "green" the industry.
Lipman was one of four awardees chosen nationally.